- Lakeside village surrounded by pine forests and the Julian Alps.
- The island church is Slovenia’s most photographed landmark.
- Traditional pletna boats are the best way to enjoy the lake.
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Sports and activities
So what's it like?
Bled was made for cameras – well, not really, but it certainly looks like it was. The lake is home to a tiny wooded island with its own Baroque church and it’s overlooked by Bled Castle. Traditional pletna boats have the run of the lake, which can be easily explored on foot or by bike and there’s always somewhere nearby to stop for a swim or try a kremšnita - the local speciality cake.
Relax and discover
Fun on the water: Take a 'Pletna' boat ride or hire a rowing boat across the lake. When the temperature rises, visit one of the lakeside lidos, jump in and go for a swim.
Walking: Bled has a range of interesting walks. The 6km walk around Lake Bled is a good start - along the way you can climb to the ramparts of the castle for fantastic views. Bled is on the edge of the Triglav National Park and there are some excellent walking routes in the park. Places of interest include Vintgar Gorge, Pokljuka Plateau and the cave under Babjim zobom.
Evening atmosphere: Although the resort can be bustling in high season, generally the town is relatively laid back and relaxed. There are some great places to enjoy the glorious sun set across the lake.
Triglav National Park: This rugged landscape is inhabited by an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna with numerous rare and protected plant and animal species. Well-marked footpaths and mountain trails and numerous mountain huts enable hikers to visit the higher areas of the National Park.
Spa: Lake Bled is rumoured to have special healing powers. The 'Živa' Spa & Wellness centre at the Hotel Golf and the Luisa Studio at the Grand Hotel Toplice are top picks for rest and relaxation.
Food: The local cuisine is another major draw – influences from neighbouring Italy, Austria and the southern Karst region of Slovenia give a lot of diversity. Try Karst ham, deer prosciutto or potica cake. Bled’s most famous cake is the kremšnita – made at the Hotel Park since 1953.
Lake Bled Discovery: Get the most out of your time with the Lake Bled Discovery package. Based at Hotel Park you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore Bled. You’ll also get to spend a day in Ljubljana visiting its famous bridges and castle and time in the neighbouring lakeside village of Bohinj. Book before 29 April 2015.
Available from £107 (return)
There is a bus service to Kranjska Gora (45 minutes) and Bohinj (45 minutes). Boat trips can also be taken on the lake. The train services from Bled (Lesce station) are excellent.
In the summer months there are numerous events, ranging from village festivals to religious holidays in the area. The festival not to be missed is the 'Bled Days festival' which climaxes at the end of the night with a spectacular display of thousands of egg shell candles lighting up the lake, followed by fireworks (normally held on the 4th weekend in July). Also, throughout July is the Bled International Music Festival.
Twin centre suggestion
Discover more of Slovenia by combining (for example) Hotel Riviera in Portorož with the Hotel Golf in Lake Bled.
Transfer to your second centre is usually by coach or minibus and may be via the airport. Call us to book.
Lake Bled is a truly magical setting for your special day. Get married in a fairytale castle overlooking the lake or have a blessing on the tiny wooded island 'Maria of the Lake' with its onion domed baroque church. You can stay in any of our hotels but for a touch of luxury we recommend the impressive Grand Hotel Toplice or the modern Hotel Park right on the lake. Take a look online for our handpicked selection of gorgeous ceremony venues, or give us a call.
Special offers for summer 15
Pre-book 3 full day excursions and receive a half day trip, in resort, absolutely free!